Battle report… Hedonites of Slaanesh vs Stormcast eternals

Happy weekend all!

For a bit of a shake-up in what I normally post about I have a Age of Sigmar 3.0 battle report to writeup tonight.


Warhammer, particularly fantasy or Age of Sigmar, has always drawn me in and interested me.

I blame my little brother who started this Warhammer journey when he was 13 or so. I remember for his 12 (I think..  it was 17 years ago..) I bought him Warhammer Battle match and we fell in love with the army control, the models and fight scenes and the races depicted. If you read my “what lies beneath sparrows rest keep” post from a few weeks back you can probably guess what my favourite faction is of all time. In 2017 whilst on a training course for work I stumbled across battle reports on YouTube that made it look just so damn fun. When I got home from training I went and bought my first box of crisp grey plastic and I haven’t really looked back.

So let’s get get on with the battle report!

Hedonites of Slaanesh Vs Stormcast Eternals

Forces of Depravity – The Brazen Wolfe

Allegiance: Slaanesh
– Host: Invaders Host
– Mortal Realm: Aqshy
– Grand Strategy: Vendetta
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Bladebringer, Herald on Exalted Chariot (265)*
 General
 Command Trait: Delusions of Infallibility
 Artefact: Vial of Manticore Venom (Universal Artefact)
 Host Option: General
 Lore of Slaanesh: Hysterical Frenzy
Dexcessa, The Talon of Slaanesh (280)
 Host Option: General
Sigvald, Prince of Slaanesh (265)*
 Host Option: General

Battleline
22 x Blissbarb Archers (360)*
 Reinforced x 1
22 x Blissbarb Archers (360)*
 Reinforced x 1
5 x Hellstriders with Claw-spears (135)*
5 x Hellstriders with Claw-spears (135)*

Units
1 x Seeker Chariots (130)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1930 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 96
Drops: 2

Defenders of order – Josh

Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
– Stormhost: Knights Excelsior
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Lord-Castellant (155)*
– General
– Command Trait: Envoy of the Heavens
– Artefact: Mirrorshield
Lord-Relictor (145)*
– Prayer: Divine Light
Lord-Imperatant (175)*
Yndrasta, The Celestial Spear (320)

Battleline
10 x Vindictors (260)*
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Vindictors (260)*
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Decimators (215)*
3 x Annihilators (200)*
5 x Retributors (235)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1965 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 108
Drops: 2


Battle plan GHB 2021 – Tectonic Interference

Deployment.

With Stormcast winning the roll-off they decided to be the defender letting my deploy first.

Hedonites deployment

Breaking up my heroes with hellstriders on the left and right flanks, blissbarb archers ready to take the left and middle objective with Dexcessa backing up the left flank, Sigvald holding the middle and the Bladebringer, Herald on Exalted Chariot on the right.

Stormcast deployment

The castle was built with the Lord-Imperatant, Yndrasta and Lord-Castellant behind all the Vindictors (2*10 man units) with the decimators taking up his left flank. The 3 annihilators, 5 retributors and Lord-Relictor ready to drop down.


Round 1. Objective 3 (my left, opponents right) was randomly selected as the prime objective

Hedonites took 1st turn. Choosing Aggressive expansion because I knew that I could run and shoot with my blissbarb archers to generate some depravity and to get both units on the objectives. Getting Mystic shield cast from my bladebringer on itself to get the save to 3+. My heroic action was to get an additiona command point for my Blade bringer. My opponent selected heroic action, however they were unsuccessful. My hellstriders moved up both flanks to secure the objetives while both Blissbarbs claimed the left and middle objectives. Shooting 41 times each unit into the two units of Vindicators. The unit holding the middle objective received all out attack and their target received all out defence to make them a 2+ save… oof. At the end a handful of Vindicators were slain. Sigvald backed up the middle blissbarb unit and Dexcessa charged forward towards the front lines. Failing a charge from all hellstriders, my chariot and only making it in with Dexcessa I tried to take out the vindicators, she also suffered a Unleash hell from Yndrasta as I charged in (was in range by .4″ doh) suffering 5 wounds. Dexcessa managed to take out a few Vindicators but died very quickly to the pointy spears.

At the end of the turn I scored 6 points in total but lost Dexcessa.

Stormcast turn 1.

Selecting Slay the warlord my opponent quickly planned to throw everything at my Bladebringer. Hero phase I selected finest hour on my chariot (3+ save with a +1 to offset rend). At the end of the movement phase several stormcast had droped in to surround my general. Shooting phase saw several Blissbarbs die to Yndrastas spear but the main phase was charge phase. As the decimators charged into my general and the Annihilators charged my remaining Hellstriders. The decimators attacked first, but not before the lawnmower commenced and blended up one of the Decimators bofore they swung. Being the selected children of Sigmar for this turn the decimators used their once per game ability to gain +1 attack. 26 attacks later, and another all out defense saw my general suffer 3 wounds but not die. My hellstriders sadly did not fair as well.

At the end of the round no real casualties had been suffered by the stormcast but my general was looking very beaten. Stormcast has scored 2 points to my 6.


Round 2. Hedonites won priority (yayy)

Healing was the name of the game and I healed my Chariot-general as my heroic action this round. I selected broken ranks and used both sets of Blissbarb archers to move up and shoot at a single unit of 6 Vindicators – I also brought up Sigvald to the fray and he managed a massivd 15 in charge into the side of the vindicators – avoiding the spear shot from Yndrasta. Charging my seeker chariot into the decimators I tried to shake them off with mortal wounds – but they failed the impact damage and the decimators quickly cleaned them up. My left flank Hellstriders tried to take out the back-door Retributors and Relictor but they were unable to punch through their armor and dealt no damage before dying. Sigvald was fine.

At the end of the round I had my generals, two units of blissbarbs and a had managed to complete my tactic.

Stormcast turn 2.

Gaining an additional command point for his general my opponent selected conquer and decided to take my middle objective – which he did easily. Moving up and taking down the middle objective and a few more blissbarb archers (by the handful) this saw him punch through a lot of my battleline and start threatening my heroes more.

At the end my opponent scored their battle tactic.


Turn 3 – Slaanesh still owns priority

Selecting to heal Sigvald and to take back the right objective by selecting conquer (and with the prime objective still remaining in control of 22 blissbarbs).

My goal this round was to shift my forces to the right, I used my depravity points to summon in a keeper of secrets and shoot down the pesky lord-imperitant that was keeping Sigvald from fighting Yndrasta. Making my blissbarb achers charge Yndrasta and soak up her spear shot I also charged back in with my bladebringer to deal impact mortals to the previously impervious decimators and also to turn the lawnmower back on. This left the decimators dead after activating once after Sigvald managed to get into Yndrasta with an 11″ charge (Thanks to +3 charge.) Sigvald only managed to deal 3 wounds and a total of 3 damage to Yndrasta and despite rolling 6 sixes on my Blissbarbs in melee I was unable to damage her further due to her 2+ save and 4+ ward.

At the end of this turn, even managing to kill 2 Vindicators with a hysterical frenzy the hedonites were still dwindling in numbers. Even with the arrival of a Greater demon

Turn 3 of Stormcast selected aggressive expansion and healed Yndrasta for 1 wound. This turn was very quick. Movement and no charges. Yndrasta retreated away from Sigvald (understandably so) and the turn was ended with Stormcast completing their objective and scoring 5 points.


Round 4. Slaanesh was thirsty and got priority again.

A simple round, I Cast acquiescence on his general, selecting savage spearhead as my tactic which was easy considering my placement of Sigvald and my blissbarb archers. Running my Blissbarbs to get into 9″ of his general I then peppered it with arrows until he only had 3 wounds left. Making the charge of my bladebringer into yndrasta and the ann annihilators I did enough impact hits and the lawn mower to make Yndrasta in deep trouble of dying. I left one Paladin left on 1 wound. At the end of the charge Phase my Keeper of secrets decided to just step on his general and send him back to Azyr. Not the best end to a mighty general but was satisfying to see monstrous rampaging making a bigger difference.
As part of my movement I summoned in an exalted chariot but it failed its 9″ charge into his back lines. As the blood mist settled my opponent was left with a 5 man unit of Retributors, a relictor and 6 Vindicators.

Scoring my tactic at the end of the round it was calculated that there was no chance for my opponent to come back from this.

Turn 4 for Stormcast he focused down my exalted chariot and selected broken rankes to get rid of my remaining unit of 6 blissbarbs. Moving up and charging the blissbarbs easily died but I was still very ahead on points.

Surrendering at he end of turn 4 and acknowledging that we would both score our grand strategies the final scores were…



Thanks for checking up on what I wrote up today – it ended up being one of my larger writeups and I decided to cut out a lot of it to save one space and time. In the future I want to capture more details, key dice rolls and anything else of note that was game defining.

As always, thanks for reading and keeping up to date on what goes on here at Brazen Wolfe Tabletop. Let me know if you want to see more Warhammer stuff and I can plan to alternate my weekends between DnD/RPG heavy or laces every now and again with warhammer.

Todays battle report was managed on Tabletop Simulator.

Thanks for joining and don’t forget to roll with advantage,
The Brazen Wolfe

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